Prayer: Thanks for giving me your attention, God.
Reading: 1 Samuel 2: 18-22, 26 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Do you ever wonder, given the expanse of the universe, why God would notice you? After all, there is a lot out there to get the creator’s attention. “Why pay attention to me,” you ask? Me, too.
But here in today’s reading we see that “the Lord took note of Hannah.” Every year she brought new clothes to her son, Samuel who worked in the temple for Eli. No mean gift. Cloth was expensive in those days. Eli noticed. Elkanah noticed. Samuel noticed. AND GOD NOTICED.
A marvelous God we have. Who takes notice of each of us. A God to whom we can share our deepest longings as Hannah did. A God who takes notice.
And I can’t help but be reminded, just a few days before Christmas that God chooses to live among us. Why not just hang out somewhere in the vastness of space? It would probably be quieter there! Well, God probably does hang out there. But, God, Immanuel, lives among us, too. And takes notice! --Jim Bricker
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